To say that the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee concert was a success is an understatement. The musical bash ended with a stellar performance from rock legend Paul McCartney.
While details leaked early that he would perform ‘Live and Let Die,’ the rest of his set remained a question until he hit the stage. The audience had already been treated to performances from such music icons as Elton John, Stevie Wonder, Tom Jones, and Cliff Richard before McCartney took the stage, and the singer didn’t disappoint. He opened the show with the Beatles classic, ‘Magical Mystery Tour,’ which came from the band’s more psychedelic era.
However, it was an early song that really connected with the crowd. McCartney broke out ‘All My Loving’ for the Queen and her family, echoing the sentiments of many in the crowd. The powerful ‘Let it Be’ came next leading into the explosive finale of ‘Live and Let Die.’
The night came to a close with McCartney and the entire group of performers from the day serenading the Queen with ‘Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da’ as she made her way to the stage. The Queen, accompanied by Prince Charles, lit the National Beacon and set off her own fireworks show in the process.
Other top performances from the evening included Elton John and Stevie Wonder’s sets. John, fresh off a hospital stay for a respiratory infection, was up to the challenge performing ‘I’m Still Standing,’ ‘Your Song’ and ‘Crocodile Rock’ while the crowd helped out by singing along. Meanwhile Wonder hit on some of his classics, with ‘Sir Duke,’ ‘Isn’t She Lovely,’ and ‘Superstition’ leading the way. Wonder also welcomed rapper will.i.am. from the Black Eyed Peas for a rendition of ‘Happy Birthday.’